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    Default Book cover: comments please...

    Remember that book I finished more than a year ago?
    All publishers have declined now. I'm going to self-publish. That means, among other (more boring) tasks, that I have to draw a cover.
    I've worked a long time on it, but I'd work even more if needed. So please tell me what you think!



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    What is the subject of the book? I feel this is very relevant to what the cover looks like, because it depends on who's attention you're trying to catch with the book.
    “Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside
    them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” -Neil Gaiman

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    I honestly would not purchase this book, but that's based upon my personal tastes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patches View Post
    What is the subject of the book? I feel this is very relevant to what the cover looks like, because it depends on who's attention you're trying to catch with the book.
    Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. Reminds me of the Stig of the dump cover.

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    @ Wolfy: I looked up the wiki page of "Stig of the dump" and, according to me, the cover doesn't look at all like mine...
    @ Marmie: no worries :-)

    As for the subject: it's a fantasy fiction. I'll translate the cover, that should give enough information (if not, then I better rewrite that cover text, too!)

    Title: the fourth god

    Blurb: Miran Timmermans has got exceptional magical power. She begins her studies to become a sorceress, but will she finish them? While Miran worries about magic wands and exams, her country prepares for yet another religious war. The army could use a strong sorceress. They fight for the three good gods, but Miran doubts. Will she remain true to her religion or does she choose for the fourth god?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamske View Post
    @ Wolfy: I looked up the wiki page of "Stig of the dump" and, according to me, the cover doesn't look at all like mine...
    Just reminded me of it. Must be the angle and pose of the character...

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    Looks very very amateurish. Download some images (pay for them) and use photoshop to clean them up. If you pick the images, I could help you do some of the design work. Get the dimensions down and send me the files. I'll send you some mockups. No charge. email me

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    Looks very very amateurish. Download some images (pay for them) and use photoshop to clean them up. If you pick the images, I could help you do some of the design work. Get the dimensions down and send me the files. I'll send you some mockups. No charge. email me
    Yeah. Not being cruel, but it definitely looks like a DIY title and it wouldn't go anywhere mass-market by the cover art.

    If you have income to spend, you can also find some decent but still-trying-to-break-in artists online (I've done this before) and pay them a few hundred dollars to knock off a real piece of art that expresses the content of your book. I have no real idea what your book is about just from looking at the title or the cover. Otherwise you'll have to option some already existing photos or art.
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    I would consider going with simple, more abstract graphics. Maybe a silhouette image of a wand/sword, with a fire graphic along the side of the cover, and maybe a female form somewhere in there, or something. And maybe you can create a more appropriate font for the book's title. Font and logo design programs are nowhere near as expensive as Photoshop.

    But the current cover looks very childish. Unless, of course, you're going for a children's storybook aesthetic. In which case, I hope the book has paintings on the inside, too.

    Just a suggestion.

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    A couple ideas...





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